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Old 03-20-2006, 02:00 PM   #15
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Who's Albert ?

Say Guys does Albert kn U call Him FAT... Anyone care 2 enlighten ME... I jus get 2 C the Tourists planes now our local air field closed down & the Vulcans went away...SIGH !...Chris.....
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Chris,
Fat Albert is a cargo plane that the Blue Angels use, it is a C130 with JATO (Jet Assisted Take Off) units on it. It is pretty amazing to watch something the size of a C130 roll down the runway then take off like a fighter jet

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Old 03-20-2006, 03:41 PM   #17
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... went to Kissimee and visited the Tom Reilly Vintage Aircratf place where mitchells and other warbirds are restored..terrific place..any one ever been there?
many times. the in-laws live 2 miles from there, under the pattern. (they complain about the noise. imo, its the most attractive thing about their neighborhood, by FAR!!). just came back from there...first year in a long time that I didn't stop by the warbird museum. Last year, they took alot of damage from the hurricanes...weren't really operating as a museum. This year, I just didn't get the opportunity to stop over. noticed a bit less warbird traffic, too...

J-3 vs Jet in the pattern...done that, too. ("sorry pal. you're just gonna have to go around!")

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Hey Aaron, ever try to get your brother-in-law to sneak you onboard? We got to go in one of the hurricane hunters c130's, but I never did convince them to take me for a spin. It was pretty amazing how big they are!
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I went online to the Tom Reilly website, apparently due to the hurricane damages, the property was sold and was going to move to Douglas, GA..
Yesterday I watched the red and white Coast Guard c-130 do some flying..as well as the fantastic a-10 warthog..noisy alright!!..of course, the Blues were fantastice too!..loved it
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Web site ?...

Codybear... Please could U let Me kn the addy of the web site, I got a few T/Rs...but NOT the one U mentioned...Fanx...Chris.....
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Sure thing: it's http://www.warbirdmuseum.com/
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bummer. sad news. I stopped in just about exactly one year ago, and the mess was all cleaned up...(5 months post-hurricane) but they weren't giving tours yet. looked like they were moving in that direction, though.

I wonder about the "T-6" business next door. I think that was a seperate operation, but probably fed quite a bit off the "museum" customers. I didn't notice much activity during this year's trip, a couple of weeks ago. I did see a t-6 in the pattern once or twice; but not nearly as frequently as they used to be.

kills me to see pics of that "air-knocker" all smashed up. thats a rare example of the predecessor of my first steed.
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yes, the damage according to the pix on the websites was really awful!

I got to meet Col. Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson who wrote of his memoirs in a fascinating book, To Fly and Fight. A test pilot, he flew P-39's and was one of the original flight leaders of the p-51's Mustangs, also linked up wingtip to wingtip in midair with a b-29 bomber. Of note, one of his best friends was a guy by the name of Chuck Yeager who flew w/him in the 357th..check it out if you like!
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Warbirds...

Codybear... Fanx 4 that... I found one that well mat interest U all... tho I guess U already seen it, but here goes...it's:

www.northstargallery.com/aircraft/indexaircraft.htm

Hope U enjoy it, I kn I did / DO...Chris.....
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Hey Aaron, ever try to get your brother-in-law to sneak you onboard? We got to go in one of the hurricane hunters c130's, but I never did convince them to take me for a spin. It was pretty amazing how big they are!
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Dawn,
We have a big open house every year at Pope AFB and get the run of a lot of the aircraft. Last year we got to tour the C-17, C-5 (talk about HUGE!) and the C130's. They wouldn't let us in the B-1 ....gee I wonder why they also have the helicopters there too, last year is was a Black Hawk, Apache and Kiowa , we were allowed to sit in the Blackhawk but the rest were off limits. I have been around the Bragg/Pope area long enough to remember the Vietnam era stuff, like the Chinooks, and Cobras.

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That site is terrific..thnx for sharing!
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T-6 Ride is worth it..

Tom O'Reilly was a hero of mine when we visited several years ago.. Jeans and flannel shirt, career is building very cool planes almost from scratch, and business model says "Ask rich guy for next check" when money runs low... He was rebuilding a P-38 and a P-40 when I stopped in... Similar operation in Chico CA runs about the same way...

I took the T-6 Trainer flight over the swamps (MUCH cheaper than the P-51 flight in "Crazy Horse" two seat trainer) and had a blast doing slow and loud flight manuevers... Sorry to see shop headed to Georgia, but hurricanes have trashed a number of planes in Florida in last 2 years...

Did Blue Angles do full show without weather issues? We usually catch them over SFO in October, but fog can add difficulties.

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The weather was beautiful yesterday with only slight wind..the Blues did their formation flying with grace and ease..I had seen them doing practice runs over my house Thursday and Friday..they flew low in some areas around the neighborhood returning to Mather, so was able to get good previews of them..also saw for my first time ,the pyro-tech 'wall of fire and smoke' and fireworks show w/the a-10 ..that was soooo impressive..
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